• Global Health

    The Wide-Reaching Effects of Global Health

    Because the health of patients within U.S. borders is affected by the health of populations worldwide, and health outcomes in other countries can be affected by developments in the U.S., you have a significant stake in global health issues.

    • 30,000: Average number of refugee arrivals in the U.S. in 20192
    • 272 million: Number of international migrants worldwide in 20193
    • 44.4 million: Approximate number of foreign-born people currently living in the U.S.4

    Get Involved

    Global health involvement allows you to focus on vulnerable populations worldwide, use the resources, knowledge, and experience of diverse societies to address health challenges, and combine population-based health promotion and disease prevention with individual-level care.

    Active Members: Join the CGHI Advisory Board 

    The AAFP Center for Global Health Initiative (CGHI) was created in response to support AAFP members' professional needs to be globally engaged. Apply for the Advisory Board and advocate for family physicians' stance on global health issues. As a CGHI Advisory Board member, you'll have the opportunity to:

    • Get involved with AAFP global health initiatives including educational and networking activities.
    • Serve as your fellow AAFP members' voice for global health issues.
    • Work with established global health leaders.
    • Assist with the design and implementation of the AAFP Global Health Strategy.

    Active AAFP members are eligible to apply. Send your questions to Alex Ivanov or Ashley Poole

    Residents and Students: Join the CGHI Advisory Board 

    Your contributions as a resident and student are important to the family medicine profession. Consider applying for a board position.

    Send your questions to Alex Ivanov or Ashley Poole

    Global Health Information and Resources





    Webinar Replay: Ethics in Global Health – Exploring Cases in Partnerships and Clinical Care

    This is the first webinar in a series of Global Health Mentorship webinars jointly developed by AAFP CGHI and STFM GHEC (Global Health Educators Collaborative).

    Watch this interactive discussion with family physician experts in global health ethics to learn how ethical principles can be used to guide activities and partnerships. 



    1. Koplan JP, Bond TC, Merson MH, et al. Towards a common definition of global health. Lancet. 2009;373(9679):1993-1995.

    2. Population Facts No. 2013/2. Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Available at: http://esa.un.org/unmigration/documents/The_number_of_international_migrants.pdf. Published September, 2013. Accessed October 20, 2014.

    3. Frequently Requested Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration in the United States. Migration Policy Institute. Available at:   http://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/frequently-requested-statistics-immigrants-and-immigration-united-states-0. Published March 21, 2012. Accessed October 20, 2014.

    4. Proposed Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2014 Report to the Congress. United States Department of State, United States Department of Homeland Security. United States Department of Health and Human Services. Available at: http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/219137.pdf. Accessed October 20, 2014.